Saturday, March 3, 2018

A Blue wave with not much green

A 'Blue Wave' Without Much Green
This year, a group of lesser-known candidates has raised $1.1 million over the same period, a 90 percent drop, according to a preliminary analysis of campaign finance data by Texans for Public Justice, a nonprofit watchdog group in Austin. Statewide and legislative candidates include the Texas House ...

Friday, March 2, 2018

Legislators play with their war chests

Without competitive primaries, some Texas politicians choose to donate to their colleagues
A 2017 report from Texans for Public Justice, a campaign finance watchdog group, said five members who left the Texas Legislature that year became lobbyists within four months of leaving. “A couple of people have gone into the lobby in recent years with pretty decent-sized war chests,” said Craig McDonald.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Abbott attacks fellow Republicans for pushing ethics reforms

Texas Tribune:  Abbott builds on six-figure push to unseat GOP Rep. Sarah Davis.

Read full story at the Texas Tribune, and
Ross Ramsey column on Abbott attacking his own.

George P. Bush reaped $129,000 from contractors

Austin American-Statesman digs into contractor payola at George P. Bush's Land Office.

Read full story at the Statesman.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Companies got Harvey contracts and their executives gave money to George P. Bush

Executives from several companies getting millions of dollars in contracts to rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey gave thousands to Land Commissioner George P. Bush's re-election fund within days of the contracts being signed.  Full Story in the Houston Chronicle.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Gov. Abbott’s appointees have given him more than $14 million

An investigation into 'pay-to-play' at the Governor's office reveals that individuals appointed by Abbott to government positions have donated over $14 million to his campaign war chest.


Read the story by Peggy Fikac and Annie Millerbernd at the Houston Chronicle. (paywall)


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Texas Observer digs into tax-writing conflicts at the lege

Lawmaker on State Tax Committee Also Works for Texas’ Corporate Welfare King

Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster)

State Representative Drew Springer started working for corporate tax firm Ryan, LLC in March. He doesn't recall any conflicts of interest from a session spent overseeing Texas tax law.

Read complete story at the Texas Observer.

Monday, October 16, 2017

The 185 Mega-donors That Run Texas!

TPJ has compiled a list of the largest contributors of campaign money in the most recent Texas elections.
 
The top 185 contributors spent $131 million during the two-year 2016 election cycle for non-federal public offices.
The 185 mega-donors provided 67% of the $195 million total raised by all candidates for state offices.   
▶ The 185 mega-donors spent from $250,000 to $9 million apiece.  Thirty-one gave over $1 million each.

VIEW THE MEGA-DONOR LIST.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Paxton Criminal Trial Postponed - Again.

The Harris County judge overseeing the criminal prosecution of Attorney General Ken Paxton has agreed to postpone the trial, most recently scheduled for December 11, to sometime in 2018.


From the Texas Tribune:
Attorney General Ken Paxton's trial is delayed for a third time.

TPJ filed its original criminal complaint against Paxton in July, 2014.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Eeyore's Birthday Supports TPJ!

 
TPJ is proud to announce that the good folks who bring our community the annual Eeyore's Birthday Party recently provided us with a generous grant to help support our transparency and accountability work.  Our thanks to the Friends of the Forest Foundation.  Hope to see you April 28, 2018 at Pease Park!